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Doctor Terminates Wrong Fetus, Loses License

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CBS News: A Sarasota doctor has lost his medical license after performing a pregnancy termination procedure on the wrong fetus.

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The Florida Board of Medicine revoked Matthew Kachinas' license at a meeting Friday. The St. Petersburg Times reports that Kachinas was treating a woman who was about 16 weeks pregnant with twins in January 2006.

The woman had asked the doctor to perform a selective termination procedure on the male fetus, which had congenital defects. An ultrasound later showed that other fetus, a female that did not appear to have medical problems, had been terminated.

Kachinas told the newspaper that he thought he would be able to do the procedure "safely and appropriately," though he had never tried it before.

Kachinas also told the paper that he settled with the woman, identified in state records as K.M. A $250,000 liability settlement was paid out for an incident on the date of the mistaken termination, according to records.

K.M. eventually returned to Kachinas to terminate the second fetus.

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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
Kim  April 15, 2010, 3:53 PM

I think that this is the risk the woman took and the doctor should not lose his license over it. There was a risk that she would lose both fetus’ by terminating one to begin with.

jen April 15, 2010, 6:25 PM

if the dr had never performed it before he never should have attempted it but sent to her to another who has done this precedure correctly

Jen April 16, 2010, 8:36 AM

I agree with Kim. There is always risk to any type of medical procedure. He should not have lost his license. Remember people, it’s called the PRACTICE of medicine.

tk April 21, 2010, 9:46 AM

This is a procedure he’s never done before. Did he inform her of this or did he simply think - oh, it’s easy, no problem? If she was misled to think he was a capable doctor then yes, his license should be revoked.

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